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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 6, 2008
Feels rushed and disjointed, like the filmmakers didn't have a good reason for a sequel and just threw in every little thing they could think of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2008
The animation shows glossy improvement from the original Madagascar, with nature and the neo-natural animals even more detailed than ever. But the knock on Dreamworks' animation style -- that it's entirely too talky -- rings true here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
November 7, 2008
One reason to lament the existence of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is too bemoan the considerable amount of talent that was tied up developing this uninspired sequel when it could have been employed in the service of something fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 4, 2008
Easily entertained children will probably be amused enough by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but their parents may find themselves growing restless at this overly fussy, shticky movie and will no doubt look forward to an Escape 2 the Lobby.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
July 17, 2009
Two stripes and you're out!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
November 7, 2008
There are a few laughs, courtesy of King Julien, a self-aggrandizing lemur who comes off as a pint-sized parody of Dubya. But this isn't a movie concerned with engaging hearts and minds so much as bombarding the ears with Top 40 sing-alongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 4, 2009
Definitely a step down from the first one, but you should not let that stop you from seeing a film with great humor and animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 7, 2008
Madagascar 2 is an overstuffed, unfunny adventure that adds nothing but length to the franchise's running time and, ultimately, disappoints as both a sequel and a standalone film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 7, 2008
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa repeats all the gags from the first film ... but lacks enough new material to warrant another rumble in the jungle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2008
I am tired of the same story lines in animated films. Be unique, not part of the herd. Be yourself and your Daddy will eventually be proud of you. Monkeys and penguins can fix planes with spit...Ok, that one is new.
| Original Score: 4/10
John Hazelton
Screen International
November 3, 2008
The sequel to DreamWorks' computer-animated family hit Madagascar offers more drama and a lot more animals but fewer laughs and not quite as much fun as the colourful summer 2005 original.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
November 7, 2008
Madagascar's flock of Mafioso penguins will crack you up. Not much else will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 7, 2008
The movie is not painful to sit through, but it lacks standout moments like the first one had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
November 6, 2008
This is a big screen experience so kid-oriented it should come with a pacifier and a selection of Huggies.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 6, 2008
There's a generally more diverting entertainment waddling along the edges of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa than the larger one lollygagging on screen.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 14, 2008
Fans of the 2005 original will find this sequel more of the same. So will the original's detractors -- it was lousy then and it's lousy now.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
August 9, 2012
If you weren't particularly enamored with the first one, chances are this isn't gonna change your opinion on the Madagascar cast
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 10, 2008
Somewhat better than the original, a film which it is mainly content to clone shamelessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Cornelius
November 12, 2008
The upside, I suppose, is that we'll all forget about it in a few weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
November 6, 2008
Perhaps having already gone back 2 Africa in this tired sequel, the inevitable third time around will inspire the filmmakers to go back 2 the drawing board instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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